Consumer Ally's Recall Roundup: Sump Pumps, Alcohol Swabs, Asthma Medicine, Herbs and More
Here is this week's roundup of recalls:
- Homestead Pasta Co. of California recalled about 144,633 pounds of frozen meat and poultry tamale products because they contain whey not listed on the label, the USDA said. The recall includes certain Garibaldi Beef Tamales and Turkey Tamales; certain Golden West Traditional tamales in beef and turkey; and certain Casper Homestead Pasta Co. tamales in beef and chicken. The products were shipped to stores in California, Oregon and Washington, as well as institutions in California. The USDA has a list of the recalled products.
- The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission and ITT Water Technology Inc. announced a recall of certain sump pumps because the power cords can leak water into electrical outlets, creating an electrocution risk.
- Triad Group of Wisconsin recalled all lots of its alcohol prep pads, swabs and swabsticks that it made for private labels including CVS, Walgreens and Moore Medical after getting one consumer complaint about the products being contaminated with bacillus cereus. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said the company received one report of a non-life-threatening skin infection. The products are used to disinfect before giving an injection and were distributed nationwide in retail pharmacies as well as Canada and Europe. The affected products have either Triad Group listed as the manufacturer or lists Cardinal Health, PSS Select, VersaPro, Boca/Ultilet, Walgreens, CVS or Conzellin on the packaging. Call Triad at (262) 538-2900 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern, Monday through Friday.
- Boncheff Greenhouses Inc. of Toronto recalled its cilantro, curly parsley and Italian parsley because it may be contaminated with salmonella, the FDA said. The herbs were sold at stores in New York and Pennsylvania including the upscale grocer Wegmans Food Markets and Budwey Markets. The recall is related to the recall last week of Little Bear brand herbs, fresh greens and vegetables for possible salmonella contamination, which can cause sometimes severe and possible life-threatening infections in the very young or those with weakened immune systems. Even normally healthy people can suffer fever, diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pain. Boncheff had bought its herbs from Little Bear producer J&D Produce and repacked them. The FDA lists the stores where the recalled herbs were sold and the affected lot numbers.
- Ritedose Corp. has recalled certain single-dose vials of its Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Solution asthma medicine because the vials are embossed with the wrong concentration of 0.5 mg/3 mL instead of the correct concentration of 2.5 mg/3 mL. The FDA said overdoses of the medicine could cause tremors, dizziness, headaches, seizures, rapid heart rates and possibly death. The FDA lists the lot numbers affected by the recall.
- Sprouters Northwest Inc. recalled all of its clover and clover mix sprout products because they may be contaminated with salmonella, the FDA said. The sprouts were distributed in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska in stores and through wholesale. The FDA lists the products affected by the recall.
- Teva Pharmaceuticals U.S.A. recalled a single lot of Metronidazole tablets USP 250 mg because the tablets were underweight. The medicine is used to treat certain bacterial infections and other ailments. The lot 312566 with an expiration date of May, 2012 is affected by the recall and was distributed nationwide to wholesalers and stores. Consumers who have the medicine should not take it, but return it to the pharmacy, the FDA said. Call Teva at (866) 262-1243 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern, Monday through Friday.
- Crave Foods of California recalled about 600 pounds of frozen chicken and mushroom pies because they contain monosodium glutamate -- commonly called MSG -- that was not printed on the label, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service. The six-pound cases each contain 12 packages of two pies each. The packages have the establishment number of P-27348 in the USDA mark. The pies were made between September 2010 and December 2010 and were distributed for sale in New York and California.
- Christmas Tree Shops recalled about 430 Oven Rack Guards imported from China by Nantucket Distributing Co. Inc. after nine reports of the guards smoking or catching fire. Five consumers have suffered minor injuries and three consumers reported property damage, the CPSC said. The guards, sold in October 2010 for about $3, are placed on an oven rack to prevent burns when taking items in and out of a oven. But the CPSC said the guards can't withstand the high temperatures stated on the packaging and can overheat and cause a fire hazard. Consumers can call Christmas Tree Shops at (888) 287-3232 for a full refund.
- PRock Marketing recalled all lots of Fruta Planta and Reduce Weight Fruta Planta because they contain sibutramine, a controlled substance taken off the market in October 2010 because of health concerns, the FDA said. No illnesses or injuries have been reported so far in connection with taking the weight-loss products. The products were sold nationwide and online. Call the company at (877) 225-1009 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The FDA lists the recalled products.
- Jean Bourget Inc. recalled 16 hooded cardigans sold under Lili Gaufrette brand because there is a drawstring on the hood, which can potentially strangle young children. No incidents have been reported, the CPSC said. The cardigans were sold at Patty Cake in Nashville, Tenn. and Shaindy's Children's Wear in Monsey, N.Y. from September 2008 to February 2010. Consumers should remove the drawstring or return the sweater for a full refund. Call the company at (212) 279-7672 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern, Monday through Friday.
- Quoizel Inc. of South Carolina recalled about 150 of its Northridge outdoor hanging lanterns because the glass lantern can separate from the top support ring and fall on people nearby. So far, no one has been reported hurt, the CPSC said. The lanterns were sold at specialty lighting shops and online fro June. 2008 to January 2010. Consumers should stop using the lanterns and call Quoizel for a replacement at (877) 316-2589 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern, Monday through Friday.
- Black Diamond Equipment Ltd. of Utah recalled about 3,500 Avalung backpacks because the air tube can crack in cold temperatures and creating a suffocation risk for a consumer, CPSC said. The backpacks extract air from snow, allowing an avalanche victim to breathe while buried under snow. While no injuries have been reported, the company did get one report of the tube cracking. The backpacks were sold at outdoor and ski shops nationwide from January 2010 to December 2010 for between $180 and $280. The backpacks are also recalled in Canada. Consumers should not use the backpack and contact the company at (801) 278-5533. The CPSC lists the model and PO numbers affected by the recall.
- About 6,500 Salsa Handlebar Stems were recalled after a report of one stem breaking, causing minor injuries, the CPSC said. The stems were imported by Salsa Cycles, a subsidiary of Quality Bicycle Products of Bloomington, Minn. The stems were sold through stores and over the Internet from April 2010 through October 2010 for about $65 each. The recall affects all CroMoto S.U.L. 25.4 and 26.0 threadless handlebar stems and all CroMoto S.U.L. 26.0 quill handlebar stems sold as aftermarket accessories after April 1, 2010. Consumers should call Quality Bicycle Products at (877) 774-6208, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern, Monday through Friday.